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About Us

A Legacy of Land Management

With roots in the Red River Valley since 1946, we have established and maintained a reputation for serving clients with honesty and integrity. Our trusted and experienced advice is here to help you with every part of the selling or buying process. If you are looking for land in North Dakota or Minnesota look no further than the Red River Land Company. With more than 75 years in real estate, agriculture and law we are experienced in what makes excellent agricultural land. Lucky for us, that land can be found right in our backyard.

Our Advantage

Experience and Expertise

The Red River Land Company is unique in its services. We specialize in farm real estate sales, farm management, and sugar beet stock sales. We understand farmland and beet stock are unique assets - often with strong family history and long-term relationships. Selling these assets is a once in a lifetime decision that requires thoughtful analysis. The experience and expertise of our team differentiate us from the competition and help guide you through the process from start to finish. 




In 1946, Vernon Botsford started a farm management business to assist landowners in managing and caring for their land. That same determination and commitment that helped him spearhead this new venture remain at the cornerstone of Red River Land Company today. In 1954, Botsford & Rice was formed and in 1977, Vernon’s son, John, joined the business.  The company added the agricultural co-op stock brokerage business in 1994 as John pioneered the development of the first trading platform for agricultural co-op stock sales. This revolutionized the way beet stock is transferred and sold to this day. Botsford & Rice Inc. was acquired by Alerus Financial in 1998. In 2009, John started Red River Land Company which focused on farm real estate sales, farm management services, and sugar beet stock sales.


Chris Griffin began working with John in 2011 and took over as President of Red River Land Company in 2018. John, with his many years of knowledge and expertise, continues to work with the company as Vice President. Nick joined the company in 2020.


Chris Griffin



Nick Skjerven



John Botsford




Staci Beckstead


Carole Hadlich


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